Wellbeing @ Monash and Monash Sport newsletter – June 2016

Browse the Timeout newsletter for information on what’s new in Wellbeing at Monash. Read about the latest Wellbeing and Monash Sport events, services and activities. For information about latest events, special offers, discounts, and news, subscribe to the newsletter by emailing wellbeing@monash.edu   In the June edition:

Wellbeing Events and News

Monash University named world’s healthiest workplaceglobalhealthyworkplaceawards3

Monash University has won the 2016 Global Healthy Workplace Award in recognition of its healthy workplace programs, and contribution to workplace health, in the large employer category.

The awards ceremony held in Washington DC, recognised those workplaces that have made the biggest impact on the health and wellbeing of their workforce. Monash University was shortlisted as one of three finalists in the large employer category alongside Hospital Alemão Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil and Johnson & Johnson, Brazil.  Applications were reviewed against the World Health Organisation (WHO) healthy workplace framework and model for action.

Speaking at the conference, Dr Ashton the University’s Chief Medical Officer, said that “The breadth and diversity of Monash’s Wellbeing programs, which cover the four pillars of physical health, mental health, nutrition and general health, were recognised as world leading.”

Major successes under the Wellbeing at Monash program include: the 10,000 Steps Challenge; targeted Staff Wellbeing Activity Programs (SWAP) that provide tailored physical activity classes; health risk reduction programs for cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure, nutrition and stress; education programs for mental health and mindfulness; and the introduction of a smoke-free University in 2016, with fully funded quit support programs for both staff and students. “The success of these programs could not have been achieved without the support of our key stakeholders, Monash Sport, Team Monash and Counselling, together with our many wellbeing champions” said Dr Ashton.

Learn how to reduce your risk of developing diabetesapple

Diabetes is Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease with nearly 1,000,000 Australians currently diagnosed and 280 Australians developing diabetes each day. The good news is that up to 60% of cases can be prevented. You can learn how to reduce your chance of developing type 2 diabetes, as well as heart disease and stroke, by attending an information session delivered by Diabetes Victoria, which will cover topics such as:

  • What is diabetes?
  • Symptoms and complications of diabetes
  • Risk factors linked to type 2 diabetes
  • How to prevent type 2 diabetes

If you would like to attend one of our upcoming sessions, please click below to register.

All who attend will also have the opportunity to complete the AUSDRISK tool to determine their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.  All high risk, eligible employees will then be offered the opportunity to participate in a Divisional Life! program where professionals will provide you with individual attention and learn about you and your lifestyle. Inquiries can be forwarded to wellbeing@monash.edu

The Science of Meditation and Mindfulnessmental health mindfulness-exercises-02

Mindfulness is being fully engaged in each moment. It has benefits for wellbeing, productivity and relationships, as science journalist Graham Phillips experienced in this ABC Catalyst especial. Taught by Dr Richard Chambers, Campus Community, who is leading a university-wide mindfulness initiative at Monash University, alongside Craig Hassed, Graham experienced an obvious improvement to his wellbeing as well as reaction time and memory. When his brain was imaged (which also happened at Monash), there was significant growth in key areas for learning and wellbeing.
Monash offers a range of free mindfulness programs for staff and students (perhaps include a link here to http://www.monash.edu/health/mindfulness)

Don’t let winter hold you back, its time to SWAP it!

SWAP Image no year Want to get active during Winter? Get organised and grab your colleagues and register in one of the many wellbeing activities available. We have many fitness class like boxing, pilates, and yoga at various campuses.  With 30, 45, or 60 minute fitness classes priced from just $9.00, $10.00 or 11.00 per person, why not organise a fitness class at a time and venue that suits you and your department by emailing: wellbeing@monash.edu. Information on the types of classes, costs and locations can be found here.

Fresh Fruit delivered at your meeting or event

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Would you like to fuel productivity, enhance employee wellbeing and save staff time from snack hunting every day? Fruit Addicts Workplace Fruit Supply Specialist are your answer. As a special introductory offer for Monash University, Fruit Addicts would like to provide you with a free no obligation sample box.  This will enable you to sample the high quality of the fruit we use, and gauge a suitable amount of fruit for your workplace.  Further as the preferred Monash University fruit supplier we offer a further 10% off our regular prices to all new Monash customers. We use only the finest quality Australian produce and back up our product with an equally high level of customer service. Our boxes currently consist of bananas, a variety of apples, pears, and a selection of citrus fruit.  Our prices:

  • 30 Pieces = $28.00
  • 45 Pieces = $38.00
  • 60 Pieces = $48.00
  • 90 Pieces = $68.00
  • 120 Pieces = $88.00

As a special introductory offer for Monash University, Fruit Addicts would like to provide you with a free no obligation sample box.  This will enable you to sample the high quality of the fruit we use, and gauge a suitable amount of fruit for your workplace.  Further as the preferred Monash University fruit supplier we offer a further 10% off our regular prices to all new Monash customers. Call Shane today on 1300 438 378 to arrange your free sample box.

Upcoming Mental Health Programsmental health busy mind

At Monash we have a suite of programs available to educate staff about common mental health issues, how to support others and look after your own wellbeing.  We encourage you to take advantage of these options;

Monash Sport News, Events and Offers

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Monash Games: Staff Challenge

Registrations for Monash Games are now open, with sports the whole office can play! See the video on the Staff Challenge here or register on our website here.

Our Active Staff: Shane

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Health and Fitness Operations Coordinator Shane is also a passionate triathlete! Before he attempted his maiden Port Macquarie Ironman over the weekend, we caught up with him to find out what it takes to compete in such a challenging event. Find out here.

Monash Making Waves

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Our Water Wise program has been recognised nationally as ‘Best Swim School Innovation’ program at the Swim Australia Awards! Click here to find out more on this amazing achievement.

Lack of Sleep Linked to Poor Diet and Obesity

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In the largest Australian study into links between sleep and diet, a Monash research team have found that without a good night’s sleep, women of child-bearing age are more likely to reach for fattier foods to help them through the day. Read on here.

Glute Activation and Strengthening

Sitting at a desk all day? Check out these three exercises to strengthen your glutes, as recommended by Health and Fitness Instructor Carmen.

Sport Camps for Kids on School Holidays

The Melbourne Sports Institute has teamed up with Monash University and Monash Sport to create this sporting program over the school holidays. Held at Clayton campus, the program allows children to create friendships, develop skills and have fun!

$38 per day, ages 8-15 with a range of sporting activities on offer. Find out more here.

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Make sure you refrain from using you phone while in the changerooms, as everyone is entitled to their own privacy. Take that post-gym selfie in the hallway instead!

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Video: Monash Sport – Active bodies, vibrant minds

View this short video to see how we want to help you to maintain an active body and a vibrant mind.

Monash Sport Activewear!

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We have new merchandise on sale now! Singlets, t-shirts, shorts, gym bags, towels, drink bottles and hoodies are all available from the Monash Sport Clayton Service Desk. Members can have a 10% discount on all apparel items, make sure you don’t miss out! – Singlets $25 – T-Shirts $25 – Shorts $35 – Gym Bags $30 – Towels $10 – Drink Bottles $14 – Hoodies $55

TeamMONASH Events and News

Monash University’s 2016 Rio Olympians!

Nine students have now been confirmed on the Australian Olympic Team, over a range of sports from Archery to Rowing! Click here to see profiles on them all! #MonashPride

Upcoming events

We also have a range of upcoming events that you can get involved in. You can register now for the always popular Melbourne Marathon and Around the Bay in a Day events, head to our website here to register and join TeamMONASH.

2016 Australian Indigenous UniGames

June 26-30, Brisbane, QLD

16 Monash Student Athletes competing, 2 Monash Staff Members (from Yulendj Department), 2 Support Crew Members.

2016 Southern Uni Games

July 3-7, Melbourne, VIC (Hosted by Victoria University)

105 Monash Student Athletes competing, 12 Support Crew Members (Coaches and Trainers)

2016 Australian University Surfing Championships

July 3-7, Mudjimba Beach, QLD

12 Monash Student Athletes competing, 1 Support Crew Member

Quidditch World Cup

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July 23rd-24th 2016 – Frankfurt, Germany.

3 Monash students are representing Australia at the 2016 Quidditch World Cup:

Caitlin Foster (Music), Nathan Morton (Science) and Neil Kemister (Commerce)

Each student received a $1,000 Monash University Elite Athlete International Travel Grant. All three students play at the Monash University Quidditch Club ‘The Monash Muggles’ throughout the year. Their selection in the Australian team showcases the impressive level of our university club. Monash has the largest university cohort represented in the Australian team. Australia won the Silver medal at last year’s world cup, so they will most likely do well again. Good luck students!

Employee benefits and discounts

Expert nutrition advice at the right price

basePrivate individual nutrition consultations are now available with an experienced and qualified Accredited Practising Dietitian at highly discounted rates for staff, friends and family of Monash University. The sessions are run by the Monash Nutrition Clinic is part of the Human Base (Be Active Sleep & Eat) Facility, in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science at Monash University. No referral is necessary to see the dietitian, and Medicare rebates (only with an Enhanced Primary Care – EPC Pathway are available for chronic illnesses from your GP), private health insurance and DVA rebates are available. Appointments to see the dietitian are currently being taken for between 10 am and 1 pm on a Thursday with after hours appointments once a month. All nutrition consultations are with a fully qualified and experienced Accredited Practising Dietitian. The clinic also delivers structured and supervised training for student dietitians, and at times, you may be asked if a student could be present during your consultation. This service is offered at a discounted rate to promote community wellness and student education. The cost is $5 for students (first appointment or return) and $15 for staff. To make an appointment, call 99024270 or email nutrition.dietetics@monash.edu

Join Medibank!


Join Medibank Corporate Health Cover in June 2016 and get one Month Free plus 2 & 6 month waiting periods on extras waived. Plus, the Monash University corporate discount of 7% means you can enjoy better health at a better price.  You can also use your extras your way with a combined annual limit you and can use the included extras however you want.  There is also no hospital excess for kids on family memberships and we cover you for accidents, regardless of your level of hospital cover.  For more information or to join, go to www.corporate.medibank.com.au/monashuni or call  131 680.

Join the Travel club


Travel Club is a private leisure club which gives you access to amazing holiday deals and discounts to destinations all over the world. Backed by the global Flight Centre Travel Group, Travel Club offers Monash University staff access to the best deals together with a dedicated, highly experienced consultant. As a member of Travel Club you will have access to specially negotiated holidays, products and services tailor-made for you. And, as a bonus, all Monash University staff who register will receive a $50 gift voucher upfront, and one every year after that, to put toward their next holiday*. With Travel Club’s “Price Promise” you can be sure you’re getting the very best price, Travel club will beat any available quote you find*, that’s how committed they are to ensuring you have the best value experience every time you travel. So register today and start planning your next trip. *Terms and Conditions apply.

Other discounts available to staff

  • Green Thumbs Gift- 10% discount on flowering plants and herbs
  • Lite n’ Easy – 7 day meal pack discount
  • Hot Air Ballooning-15% discount

Visit employee benefits and discounts for staff for more information

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